Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Life Goes On

Four generations, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, 2009.
My mom (Arlene), me, The Bean (Natalia), and my daughter, Molly.

I'm so very thankful for my family.  I know, this kind of post usually comes around Thanksgiving time, but now is when I'm talking about it.  As I think about where all of us (the women in this picture) have come from, I'm so thankful that GOD chose me to be born into this family at this time.  I thought I would share some statistics with you.

Arlene Rose Muller Mock- Born in Abingdon, PA on November 27, 1944.  Her dad was Oskar Wilhelm Muller.  He came to this country as a young adult from Germany.  Her mom was Elizabeth Reigelmeyer Muller and was from Austria-Hungary.  Elizabeth came to this country as a 16 year old girl with her cousin and friend; all three young women were around the same age.  Arlene has an older sister, Helen.  Arlene and her parents moved toWhittier, CA when Arlene was 8.  She lived in that area until she met her husband, my dad John, and moved to northern California to marry him.

Cindi Marie Mock Buck Rose- Born in Eureka, CA on August 15, 1967 at the County Hospital.  (The building is now Semper Virens, the county MENTAL hospital and some say that explains alot.)  My dad, John Fred Mock, was born in the farmhouse his dad was born in located in Chehalis, WA.  I am the oldest of 3 children.  My brother, Aaron lives in Oregon and my sister, Ammi lives here in Humboldt County.  I married Lonnie Buck in 1987 and had 3 children, Molly, Callie, and Levi.  I divorced and married my high school sweetheart, Ken Rose (BunBun) in May, 2008.

Molly Elizabeth Buck- Born in Fortuna, CA on August 29, 1989 by c-section.  Molly was a round-faced, ringlet-headed adorable baby.  She loved to read as a toddler, is a protective older sister, and a joy to have around.  She loves to laugh and the littlest thing can set her giggles off.  She will be returning to college soon to pursue a degree in early childhood education.  Some say she looks like her mom, but I say she looks like her dad and half-sister, Natasha.

Natalia Rose Buck- Born in Fortuna, CA on May 26, 2009.  Her mommy delivered her with no medication at all in just under 3 hours.  Her daddy's name is Ulises Abigail Orosco and he is from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Natalia (Nati, Tally, The Bean) is a joy to have around and is a very happy baby.  She squeals to get your attention and her belly laughs soon have those around her belly laughing as well.  She has an affinity to men, especially bald men with glasses (like my dad, her great grampa) and will flirt with them shamelessly.  She also loves the camera and will usually ham it up when she sees that first flash.

I am proud to say that I am one of the women in this picture.  We are strong, decisive women.  Women who are intelligent and determined.  We are hard working and we know GOD has a plan for us.  We will do our best to bring glory to HIS name.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Bean's 1st Christmas

I could write lots and lots about what a wonderful Christmas I had this year (I did) or how blessed my family is to know that Christ is the center of all our celebrations (we are).  However, I would just like to share some photos of Bean's first Christmas and say that GOD is glorified in ALL things.

In love with Opa (better known to all of you as BunBun)

On cousin Ethan's lap at the Christmas Eve service.

Smiling for Oma while Opa and Papa (my dad, the Bean's great-grandpa) try to coax a smile out of her.

Opa and the Bean

Gimme that paper! (The presents were fun, but the paper tasted better.)

I hope that you had a wonderful celebration with those you love.  May GOD richly bless you in the new year as you glorify His name.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

"Just one word… plastics.”

If you have seen The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross, then you recognize this quote and this clip.  If not, well, here is the short of it.  Benjamin (Hoffman) is recently graduated from college and is unsure of what he wants to do with his life.  An associate of his father's is giving him some business advice.  When this film was made, plastic was an industry that was barely even born yet.

Flash forward to 2009, plastic is everywhere and we don't know how to get rid of it.  Why am I talking about this?  Is it because I am big on recycling/repuposing?  Yes this is true, but not the main reason.  Is it because some really clever and creative items can be made using plarn?  Again, true but not the main reason. 

I have two words for you....Plastic Canvas!  Before I get started let me apologize if you love /work with/adore plastic canvas.  What I'm about to say in no way reflects on any one person or their abilities at being an artisan/craftisan.  These are my own personal opinions and do not represent the opinions of every blogger out there.  O.K.

I HATE PLASTIC CANVAS!  While it has its place in the home crafter's history, it is time to put it to rest.  It is outdated, reminds me of an old lady's house and is just plain tacky.  Maybe somewhere, in the universe, there is someone who can make something useful and beautiful from plastic canvas, but I have yet to see it.  It belongs in the attic along with macrame made with big thick twine, popsicle stick picture frames, and packing peanut Christmas garland.  I'm all about reusing, but some things should just never have been invented.

You know what plastic canvas reminds me of?  The poor redheaded step-child of counted cross-stitch.  The overall-wearin', bucktoothed, moonshine drinkin', lazy step-child that lives in a ramshackle tin shed and eats critters and vittles., if you have been offended, I do apologize.  It's nothing personal.  And if you can show me a beautiful creation made from plastic canvas, well, I'll be happy to display it here and tell the world how beautiful it is.  But I'm not holdin' my breath or nuthin'!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Christmas Thought

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!“

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light,
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.“
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,
“ Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.“
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.“
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

My pastor shared this in church on Sunday morning.  Sometimes as we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas activities we forget that not everyone is as blessed as we are.   There are thousands of men and women in our armed forces who will spend Christmas away from the ones they love.  Please keep them in your prayers.  If you know of a military family in your neighborhood and they are separated from loved ones, please let them know you are thinking of them and praying for them; even if it's just a phone call or a Christmas card.  If you or a loved one is serving their country, thank you.  You really are appreciated and prayed for.  You are to be admired and honored; not only at this time of year but for as long as you draw breath.

If you would like to help our service men and women, but aren't sure how, the folowing links are but a few that reach out to our military and their families. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Initially Yours

I recently shared my love of monograms with you and some of the finds I made at Etsy and Artfire.  I decided this year's Christmas ornament would be the first letter of each person's name.  For those outside the family, I would  make one ornament for the entire family using the first letter of their last name. My family tree will include the letters M- Molly, C- Callie, L - Levi, S- Sam, N - Natalia, K - Ken, C - Cindi, A - Arlene, J - John, A- Ammi,  E - Ethan, A - Aaron, T - Tami, T - Tory, E, Emily, and  T - Tanner.  I know it's a lot of letters, but they go very quickly.

My materials were easy to come by as well.  Our $ Tree had these gigantic stockings made of felt so I picked up 2 of those.  I free-handed each letter onto the felt using a Sharpie.  I used my sharp sewing scissors to cut out a double thickness of each letter.  I sewed random buttons and other bits of bling onto the "front" of a single thickness of the letter using embroidery floss or thread.  I followed that up with a blanket stitch all the way around to attach both pieces of each letter to each other.  I finished each letter with a piece of narrow ribbon at the top for hanging.

Total time (for 1 letter) from beginning to end: approx. 45 minutes.  I completed several while watching Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas and White Christmas, 2 Christmas classics.  You could easily get some of these made for your tree or to give a Christmas gift that personal touch in just a few hours.  If you have any to spare!  I'd love to see what you come up with if you do give this a try.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monogram Me!

According to Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary, a monogram is defined as "a sign of identity usually formed of the combined initials of a name."    For the last several years, monograms have been popping up all over the place.  They have always been popular on shirts, handkerchiefs, and stationery.  However, now they can be found on purses, jewelry, shoes, and as art.

 When I got married last year I started my own little obsession with monograms.   I took the last name of Rose a year and a half ago and so I have been on the look out for that unique "R" that may be lurking here or there.  When I got married, Starla made our cake for us (THANKS!)  and the top was a monogram "R" in the center with a  "K" on one side for BunBun whose name happens to be Ken and a "C" for me on the other side.   I don't have many in my collection yet.  In fact, I have 3 to date.  One is a silver Christmas ornament decked out with rhinestones, one is a black and white graphic magnetic "R" I picked up at Tar-zhay for $1 and the other is a wooden R I found and covered with Wallies from the Dollar Tree.

So I thought I would take a look around Etsy and Artfire and see what other artisans and craftisans were doing in the way of initials and monograms.  Here are a few that I found.

YellowDogStudio over at Etsy is one of the first places I stopped.  This studio focuses on reclaimed, recycled, and restored items.  In the shop owner's words, "The material I use is reclaimed, recycled from a previous life or discarded and heading for the landfill. Very little goes to waste as smaller and smaller projects are created to minimize the waste."  This is something I believe in as well.  I especially liked the "R" that this shop offered.  It's made from aged cedar and reclaimed plywood.  It is a white "R" on  a black background and would fit perfectly in my primitive decorating scheme.  Go check it out for yourself!

Inspirations by Faith is another Etsy shop I found.  This shop owner offers more than just monograms and there were lots of items in the shop I liked.  But what really caught my eye?  This wood plaque that is customizeable to your specific intial.  Faith Morgan, the shop owner, has elevated a lowly letter to a work of art with the use of aged-looking background paper and the right paints.  The lovely ribbon hanger gives it the perfect touch of class.  Faith also promises a quick turnaround time once you have placed your order.  I have already added this shop to my favorites.  Make sure you do the same.
themixshop over at Artfire is stocked full of fabulous finds.  Eclectic and vintage items are this shop's specialty.  I found lots to like here.  What I fell in love with were these adorable tiny initial charm necklaces.  While not vintage, they have the vintage look to them and they would look great with tee shirt and jeans or dressed up for a night on the town. Go take a look and I'll bet you find something you love at themixshop.
Kountry Girl Boutique is an Artfire studio whose owner lives in Florida and loves polka dots.  (My kind of girl!)  Everything in this studio is adorable and perfect for the initial/monogram lover.  I especially like the Intial with Scroll Door Sign.  The black with ivory scroll design is simple yet classy.  Your choice of paint color for the initial lets you make sure it fits in with your decor.  The letter"P" featured in this example is a lovely mint green and I do love green.  Head on over and check this studio out today!
Affordable Cake Toppers   is one of the last Artfire studios I stopped by.  If I didn't have an uber-talented friend like Starla, I would have headed here to get the top for my wedding cake.  These toppers are classy and lightweight.  The aren't made from plastic or wood.  They are metal and the prongs used to attach to your cake can be removed.  Once the prongs are removed you can display your new monogram in your home.  Three styles of monograms are available from this shop based in Michigan.  There is the plain metal, the vintage with crystals and the custom with crystals.  They are all gorgeous and would fit perfectly for a special anniversary cake as well.  My personal favorite is, of course, the vintage with crystals.  It just exudes elegance and class.  This is definitely one shop you want to visit if you will be needing a cake topper in the future.
I'm in love with monograms.  I put them on my Christmas wish list and I have been busily making initial Christmas ornaments.  (THAT post to follow soon!)  If you don't yet have a love/obsession/addiction with monograms, I hope by stopping by these shops and studios will at least spark an interest for you.  They are a simple, classic, artsy way to add a little personal touch to your home.


I know I know.... I promised a giveaway in this, the 101st post of my blog.  But you know what?  It's the Christmas season!  And I haven't gotten everything done that I wanted to. So, I will definitely be hosting a giveaway here at my humble little blog.  And it will definitely be totally fantastic.  It will just have to wait until the new year though.  I'm sorry to all of those who have been sitting on the edge of their computer chair with anticipation. (haha)  I promise you, it will be worth the wait.  In the mean time, I have been enjoying family and friends and all those wonderful little get togethers and events that happen at this time of year.  We recently added a new family member to our little household and it has been fun and frustrating.  Frustrating until our other "child" got over her jealousy and fun now that they are pals.  

Her is a pic of our "firstborn," Maisey.

Maisey was 2 years old in November and she is a great dog.  When we got her she was so tiny and covered with ticks.  She has become a real member of the family.

Here is the newest addition.

Silas came to us just a little over a week ago.  He was pathetic looking as well.  (I'm starting to see a pattern)  He got a bath, some medicine and lots of love from his humans.  Maisey was not happy to share her parents!  But now they are the best of friends.  If they ever hold still long enough, maybe I can snap a picture of them together. 

So that is what I have been up to.  I'm looking forward to spending the day with my mom, which I haven't gotten to do for a while.  The new year holds lots of promise and adventure as Starla and I put our noses to the grindstone and our heads together to hammer out some serious business dealings. ( more on that as it happens.)  And yes, there will be a Fabulous, Fantastic, Fun giveaway soon.  Until later.....

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mama Cindi's Christmas Wishlist

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?
     Monograms-I'm really liking the different looks you can create with these.
     A day at the salon-Total hair makeover, facial, mani, pedi...aaah!
     Hardbound- Little House on the Prairie book series
     Knitting Lessons- There are so many things I need to make
     Snow-  There's nothing like seeing Christmas lights in the snow.

2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
     The handmade gifts I wish I still had were all the flannel gowns, diapers, and blankets my mom and    
     Nana made for my "babies" when I was little. They were treasures I didn't know I owned.

3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
     I have made my share of pajama pants and blankets as gifts.  I would rally like to make something that my
     children will cherish for years to come. Maybe a sampler.

4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
     I would have to say the year I got my two-wheel Schwin.  We didn't have lots of money so my dad 
     found a used bike somewhere and fixed it all up for me.  It was royal blue.  Ten he taught me how to ride 
     it going down the little slope under Nana and Papa's tree in the yard. 

5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
      Money, clothes, etc.  They are teens and young adults and they know I can't afford alot.  I think they
      will be happy with what I come up with though.

6. What is your favorite holiday food?
     Kiffles!  Kiffles!  Kiffles!  This is a favorite from childhood.  My mom used to make it and she learned
     how from her mom, MomMom.  She hasn't made it for several years, but we are all hoping this may be
     the year.

7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
     I'm always making something, but this year I'm trying to make everyone a monogram ornament. 
     Also, there are the blankets, a different style this time.  And hopefully a few things I have up my sleeve.

8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
     A Christmas Story...."You'll shoot your eye out!"

9. Favorite holiday song?
    The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole and Oh Holy Night by Cece Winans

10. Favorite holiday pastime?
      All the cousins, aunts, and uncles gathered around the table playing games and laughing.  All the while
      eating and talking about past Christmas memories.  Sadly, we have all grown up and don't seem to do
      this much anymore.

Now go enter the contest, but don't win.

Artfire Vintage Goodies

As I recently wrote, I just became a member of the community.  I have been lurking around at other sellers' studios and have found quite a bit that I *heart* sooo much.  I though I would share a few of my recent finds with you.  I hope you enjoy.

Enchanted Vintage  Who remembers Sarah Coventry jewelry?  I remember my mom, aunties, and Nana going to these home parties when I was a little girl.  It was a mark of being a "lady" to wear a piece of Sarah Coventry jewelry.  I remember getting a necklace for some special occasion and being so excited that it was a Sarah piece.  This jewelry company is still in business!  (Who knew?)  But if you are like me, it is the older, vintage pieces of this jewelry line that catch your eye. Nellie of Enchanted Vintage has a wonderful offering of vintage accessories.  These are high end pieces, but well worth the asking price.  My current favorite in her studio is the Vintage 1968 Sarah Coventry Fashion Petals Brooch and Earring Set.  It's a gorgeous peach color that is to die for.  Go check it out if you love vintage!

B. Inspired Vintage  Krissy's studio is filled with all sorts of 70's and earlier fun items.  What first caught my eye was an "O is for Owl" page she rescued from a 1930's alphabet book.  We all know how trendy owls are right now.  It's adorable!  What else did I see?  Those snap together animal parts from Tupperware.  Cool!  Golden Atomic Starburst Glasses that are clearly from the Cold War/atomic age.  Perfect for the bomb shelter in your back yard.  Go see if Krissy's studio brings back some childhood memories!

Art Deco Luxe  Va va va voom!  Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day....all these chic ladies wore kitten heels.  Who wouldn't want a pair of black sparkly kitten heels lined in 1950's pink?  Gorgeous!  This studio owner from Mesa, Arizona may not have lots and lots of items up for sale, but boy oh boy!  I would kill for some of this stuff.   Mostly these shoes. But alas, they are too small for my old feet. If Art Deco Luxe ever comes across a larger pair though, step back, they're mine! 

Carymeover  is a studio that carries new and vintage items.  I found this lovely little pin cushion made fom a lace doily and a custard tin.  (No plastic pudding cps yet!)  How clever and I love that someone was being crafty with items they had on hand way back when.  Some of the newer items include soap-making supplies and a Black Bamboo Blended Shawl  made from bamboo yarn by Lauren herself.  Carymeover is worth a look and see.

old bag vintage Love that name!  Not pages and pages of items here, but what is available are real treasures.  I immediately fell in love with this 1960s Pretty in Pink Poie de Soie Clutch Evening Bag Purse.  How Doris and Audrey is that?!?  I might have to buy this if I ever have a sale of my own. Haha.  I really like the pink earrings in this studio as well.  Check out this New Jersey-based seller soon.

And now in other news....

This is my 99th post!  My next post will be the big 100!  In my 101st post I will be hosting a truly fabulous giveaway perfect for the holidays.  Most likely that will take place tomorrow or the next day.  Stay tuned!

Monday, December 7, 2009

I've Really Done it Now...

That's right.  I have finally done it.  I made the big plunge and totally put myself out there.  Will I soar or sink?  I don't know, but I had to do it.  "What exactly did I do?" you ask.  Go look here and see for yourself.  Yep. It's all me.  My very own little shop...say what you will...PLEASE.  I need some feed back.
So let me know what you think.  Even if you hate it.  I'm a big girl...I checked and I'm wearin' my big girl panties today.

And as a little side note...this is post 98! Can you believe it?  That means the big 100 is coming soon. I will be doing a totally fabulous giveaway to celebrate so make sure you stay tuned this week for all the excitement.

Today in History

These words were first uttered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his radio address to the nation on December 8, 1941 at 12:30 pm.  He was refering to the attack on the the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Empire of Japan that had happened just one day earlier.

Now, 68 years later, many don't even realize today is an important day in America's history.  Whether you believe that U.S. Intelligence had prior knowledge of the attack or not, it is still a date that should be remembered for those that lost their lives and those that fought so hard to save the lives of their friends, co- workers, and loved ones. 

Are school children still taught about this day? Or has it been sadly relegated to a blurb in a textbook along with other "unimportant" moments in our history like Columbus Day (politically incorrect), the religious reasons Europeans came to the "New World" (also politically incorrect), and the Pledge of Allegiance (separation of church and state)?

Today, no matter your political stance, don't forget to honor those veterans in your life and to remember what happened in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

A picture of the Pearl Harbor Memorial I found here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

No Title

Just a few words about what I've been up to lately.  It seems like forever since I've written anything, but I have been very busy.  Unfortunately, I don't have the pictures to prove it!  This is a busy tme of year for most of us so I'm just going to give you a list of what I've been doing and you can let me know if you feel like the days are going faster than you can turn the pages in your planner.
  • Finally made a profit at a craft fair...not quite sure how we did so well except to say that GOD owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
  • Quit my job for reasons too stupid (on their part) to go into, but again, God has it in control.
  • Spent some much-needed couples time with my hubby.
  • Got the Christmas tree (THANKS Garry and Starla!) and it's all glittery and lighted and sparkly.
  • Planning the gifts I need to make and I think I can actually get it done!
  • Enjoying the colder weather and snuggling under the covers a little earlier at night and a little longer in the morning.,
  • Going to choir practice on Sunday evenings feels so right.
  • The ladies Christmas party at church is this week and I get to bake cookies.  YUM.
For now....enjoy this Christmas season with those you cherish.  Pray for your spiritual leaders.  Try to bless those less fortunate.  Remember there would be no Christmas without CHRIST.

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Tutorial...Sort of

So, as you may or may not know, Starla and I just completed a 3-day craft show in Eureka at the Runeberg Lodge.  While we didn't do as well as we had hoped, (still trying to come up with the secret to success) we did make some new friends and won some great items. 

One of the new friends we made is Naomi of Merchant of Venus.  She is a hometown girl who makes wonderful and fun knitted items.  Go check out her Etsy shop and give her some love.

One of the new items Starla and I featured at this show was our Rebuttoned Flowers.  They went over fairly well and we sold several.  Here is the tutorial on how to make them.  Starla did a wonderful job of explaining the whole thing.

If you think you can't come up with one of these on your own, try it.  If it still doesn't come out the way you like, give either of us a holler and we will be happy to send one your way at a deal you can't beat.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Awesome Stuff   has a wonderful holiday shopping experience coming up.  Circle the dates, Nov. 30 - Dec. 7 in red on your calendar and prepare to visit on those dates for some wonderful items.

Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner

We have a winner!!! Using, Amanda has been chosen as the winner of the artist's quality rolled canvas from

Amanda said...

I subscribe via Google Reader.

Congratulations Amanda!  I will be forwarding your information on to Large Format Posters.  You should be hearing from them in a few days.
If YOU didn't win, you can still get a great rolled canvas of your own, custom printed, starting at only $20!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving-Facts and Myths

How many of us know the REAL Thanksgiving story? Or just think we do?  Lets test our knowledge, shall we?


Pumpkin pie has been a Thanksgiving must-have since the pilgrims and the Wampanoag shared a table together?


While various squashes may have been served, they almost certainly were not served in a dessert form.  Most likely they were boiled or roasted.  In fact, vegetables were not plentiful at this time of the year.


The pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621 and it has been a national tradition ever since.


For the people we know as pilgrims, a day of thanksgiving could happen at any time of the year.  It was considered a religious celebration, a time to thank God for His providing food, victory, or health.


The somber pilgrims and natives of Plymouth let it all hang out and got down at the celebration we call Thanksgiving.


While days of thanksgiving were religious celebrations, and thus somber and quiet affairs, the celebration the Mayflower survivors and the Wampanoag shared was not considered a day of thanksgiving by the pilgrims.  The colonists considered this a secular celebration so there was dancing, game playing, and the singing of secular songs.


The feast shared by the colonists and the natives probably included cod, clams, and other seafood.


Turkey probably wasn't even on the menu.  The records from that first feast state that venison and wild fowl were eaten, but that doesn't necessarily mean turkey.  Seafood was plentiful, they were after all, on the coast of Massachusetts.  So most likely, clams might have been eaten.


Hundreds of colonists and natives shared the feast for 3 days.


By the time of the feast in 1621 there were only 52 people left who had arrived on the Mayflower.  The natives were most likely not invited but probably showed up when they heard muskets being fired in enthusiasm for a plentiful harvest.  Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag, and 90 of his warriors did show up and share a meal.  Whether they stayed for the 3-day celebration is uncertain.

I gathered most of this information from and  For an interesting take on the whole Thanksgiving story, I encourage you to watch "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale."  It's a well done movie that my children have watched every Thanksgiving since they were little.  I highly reccommend it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Roll Giveaway

I'm pleased to announce the opportunity for my readers to win a 16 x 20 rolled canvas from  This custom rolled canvas would be perfect to have in front of your business to announce a sale, take to trade shows and display your business name, or make a part of your family traditions by using as a birthday or holiday announcement that all the neighborhood can see.  You could even use it to display a breath-taking photo of some place you have visited.

These canvas prints have lots of options.Go check out the canvas prints to see for yourself.  I love that when ordering one of these you have the option to choose a 2-inch border or not. 
You can use any digital file or image on your artist quality canvas.   

You can read reviews of satisfied customers or you can take my word for it.   This is a great company.  Yes, I will be receiving one of these awesome custom rolled canvases of my very own.  However, even if I wasn't, I would encourage you to enter this giveaway.  I know the quality will be top of the line and that I will receive my poster shortly after proofing the final image.

This giveaway is open to all residents of the United States.  I will be using to choose a winner on Thursday, November 26 at 8 AM pst.

So how can you win one of these?

* Go to and take a look around.  Tell me another product you are interested in.  (This entry is mandatory.)

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Thursday,November 26 at 8 AM pst. 
Yes that's Thanksgiving Day.  Don't miss the parade, but do enter to win! 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

How Do You Measure Success?

Is success measured by the size of your bank account?  Or what about the amount of influence you have on those around you?  Maybe it's measured by what kind of car you drive or the names of designers on the clothes hanging in your closet.  I choose to measure success in a very different way.

To me success is measured, first and foremost, by the fact that I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  It's not always a perfect realtionship (only because I fail at times), but it is a successful realtionship and it provides me with eternal life.  I call that success!  What about other forms of success?  Like friendships and family.  I have a wonderful family that I adore and enjoy spending time with.  We don't always agree on little and big things, but I know my family is there for me when I need them.  I also have some extremely wonderful friends that are as close as family to me.  They can be counted on to come out in the dark of night and be by my side if  I need them to be. I cherish them.

All of you know that Starla and I traveled to Redding to attend a craft show at Simpson College yesterday.  Many of you are probably wondering how we did.  That answer is a complicated one and why I started this post with the question of success.  The world measures success very differently than Christians do.  Also, success is not only measured by the amount of money in the till at the end of the day.  Let me tell you how the day went.

We arrived  here at about 8:45 yesterday morning.

This gorgeous fall-colored maple was to my right as we pulled into the parking lot.

We quickly found where our booth was located and set up shop.  We were in a great location on a corner of  rectangles set up in the middle of the room.   We were able to use Starla's fence boards in two separate locations. This 2-panel is set up on the outside corner of our space.  The 3-panel was set up to the right of this picture behind the table you see Starla standing near.

This is our as yet un-named girl mannequin wearing one of our tutus and holding a couple others and a wand.  Behind her you can see that we set up our two tables perpindicular to each other.

As everything was set up, we began to feel calm come over us.  We got settled.  Starla began making signs for each of our products and I took a stroll around the venue to see what other goodies were being offered for sale and to meet some of the other vendors.

Many people browsed our booth and commented on what they saw.  They asked questions and were very polite (what a blessing!).  We also handed out several of our business cards.  *Side note:  I had just gotten my custom business cards from a few days before and I was so pleased with them.  Here's a pic.  

Lots of people came by, but none were buying.  I began to question our plan to make a go of this.  I asked Starla if maybe we weren't really hearing GOD.  And this is what she said, "The only thing that comes to me is,
 "Be still, and know that I am God;"'

Psalm 46:10a (New International Version).

I agreed that we must go with that then.  God has a plan and  if I don't know what it is, it's ok.  (I have to remind myself of this sometimes.)

We continued to talk and meet several people.  Emily, the organizer of the event came over to say hello and we discovered she is such a sweet and laid-back person.  Several other college-age women came over and oohed and aahed over our owls. (pics in just a sec).  One sweet and beautiful girl, Erin came over several times and each time she brought one or two friends with her.  Not the same friends, mind you, a different set each time.  They all laughed over the personality and names of each owl.  As we got to know Erin we began to realize that no matter the outcome of the day, we were having fun.

I was still worried a little on the inside, though.  Starla and I are not about to be homeless, don't get me wrong, but we really needed the money we were hoping to make on this show.

  Have you ever realized that GOD talks to us in the bathroom, when we are hidden from all but HIM? 

While I was in the restroom a song that I hear often on KLOVE came to my mind.  Mark Schulz's song, He IsHow many times have I listened to this song and sung along, sort of thinking about the words?  At that moment, as GOD brought them to mind, they gained a real-life meaning for me.

He is
He was
He always will be
Even when it feels like there is no one holding me
Be still, my soul
He is

God knows my financial situation and I needed to let it go and trust Him.  I returned to Starla and our booth and told her about my revelation. ( Not remembering all of the song though, I had to try and sing it to her.  Yeah, it was the performance of a lifetime!)   Within about five minutes of this concert-worthy performance, Erin returned again with two friends and they all purchased owls.  Erin purchased 3 owls and 1 tie snake.  Each of her friends purchased one owl.  Erin also took a handful of business cards and promised to pass them out.  As the trio walked away. Starla told Erin that if she got someone else to come over and buy an owl we would give Erin a free one.  Within about a half hour we sold one to Erin's friend and I was pleased to give Erin one of our owls for free.  Starla also sold a few items to her wonderful Christian friend that lives in the Redding area.  Before the end of the day, Emily also came over and bought an owl.

As the day ended, we realized we had made back the table fee and around the amount of the cost to travel to the area.  Most people might think that wasn't a successful show.  But we know that GOD measures success differently and HIS blessings abounded that day.  So if you ask me, it was a successful day. 

Erin was kind enough to pose with our remaining parliament of owls before she left.

Isn't she adorable?

As we began to pack up, Starla bartered with another vendor.  Starla traded one of her bags for some delicious-smelling soy candles.  We started carting the items out to Starla's vehicle and she ended up selling her 2-panel fence for $13 to another wonderful vendor of handmade scarves and hats!

God is so good to us and His blessings abound.

John 10:10 (New International Version)

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Even the Smallest Pray-er is Heard

Sometimes when life is really throwing us curve ball after curve ball, sometimes we think we might as well throw in the towel.  I feel like that myself sometimes.  But then I remember
  • Deuteronomy 31:8 (New International Version)

    The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

  • Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)

     For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

These verses give me comfort, reassurance, and strengthen my faith when I'm scared or discouraged.  Sometimes I feel that I'm so small and insignificant in the larger scheme of things.  But I can rest assured that GOD hears even my prayers. 

I want to let you know about a lady that is fighting for her life tonight.  Her name is Anisa and she is been a strong and mighty force as her young daughter has endured 3 years of treatment for cancer.  Just as the family was beginning to see the light at the end of a long dark tunnel, Anisa suffered two strokes within in a short period of time.  This devasting event has sent their family reeling and while they have plenty of practical support right now, they need to feel the comfort and peace that only GOD cand provide.  Please pray for this family.  Pray that the love of Christ will radiate around them so that GOD may be glorified.  Pray for healing...we KNOW GOD is the great physician and still works miracles.

To send prayers and comments of encouragement and support, please visit Anisa's blog.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What Kind of Day?

What kind of day did you have today?  Mine was slightly boring and routine.  I went to work at the gift shop that is my "regular" job.  This gift shop is part of Redcrest Resort, a property that has 10 rustic cabins, 1 "vacation home" (a double wide mobile), 9 RV hook-ups, and 12 tent camping spots.  Needless to say, it's a little slow this time of year.  What do I do all day when you average about 5 customers in  8 hours?  You craft and watch a Project Runway marathon.  Today I...

  • nearly finished a twisty scarf in the most beautiful gray/heather wool
  • designed a large and small elf stocking pattern
  • designed a small mitten pattern
  • cut out said mittens and stockings
  • tea-dyed  piece of ivory flannel
  • drank lots of tea and fumed over the fact that Christopher was kept on Project Runway so long.
So that's what I did today.  What did you do today?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Discovery of the Tufted Jellyfish

I'm aboard the U.S.S. Teasley and we are currently trolling the waters of Northern California in search of the elusive effertus Jamius piscis; otherwise known as the Tufted Jellyfish.  This is a recently discovered species found only in the Pacific Northwest. 

These creatures are characterized by a  nerve net resembling floating ribbons of all colors.  They also are not translucent as most other jellyfish are.  The Tufted Jellyfish is relatively small in size.  One scientist has compared their size to the circumference of an infant's head. These jellyfish travel in a bloom (group) and are friendly to all  they encounter.  They have no harmful sting and are child-safe over the age of 3.

Most of these animals are female, the male is rarely seen and appears only once in a blue moon.  They even appear to have a flower, gingham, or multi-pattern to their body.  These are easily captured and seem to flourish in captivity.  Left alone in the vast expanse of the ocean, they would sink to the bottom of a dark and lonely treasure chest.

If you would like to become the owner of one of these Tufted Jellyfish, adoptions can be arranged through this blog.  There is a small processing fee for the adoption paperwork.

Below are some photographs recently taken of new born Tuffies.

Contact me as soon as possible about obtaining your very own one-of-a-kind Tufted Jellyfish.  They will soon be on exhibit at Simpson University.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm Headed Back to School

Saturday, November 21, will find me at Simpson University in Redding, California.  I'll be traveling there with Starla to take part in the 2009 Craft & Fair Trade Bazaar.  This event is being sponsored by Simpson University’s Office of Spiritual Formation and is used to raise money for the university's Student Missions program.  We are so excited to be accepted to this event.  It is a juried show, so it is an honor to be invited. 

As Starla stated in her guest post, we are hoping that by attending an event that is out of our local area, we will gain some business insight.  We are looking forward to meeting other crafters and networking to bring the items we create to a larger market.  We know we have unique items all created with love and recycling/repurposing in mind.  We are praying that by attending this event we will, not only sell many items, but also come away with a greater knowledge of marketing and sales.  If you have any tips you would like to share, please feel free to let us know. 

We plan on taking Starla's laptop to the event with us and uploading pictures to our blogs as we experience the excitement throughout the day.  Or maybe we will be to busy to even turn the thing on!  In any case, this will be a busy week for us as we have a three day event coming up the weekend after Thanksgiving.  If we do well in Redding, we will be putting in some long hours to get ready for that sale.  Keep us in your prayers, let us hear your advice, and wish us well.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dress Rehearsal by Starla

I'm so excited to offer you a post today by my friend and "partner in crime," Starla of ReFashioned Threads. She has graciously offered to write this review of the craft show we did this past Saturday, November 14th. After reading the post, head over to her blog and check out the great things she has going on.

Thanks for the post Starla, you did a great job!

It was the nightmare before the craft show and we were in it for the long haul.  Cindi and I knew that this was going to be hard and was it ever.  We are basically starting our little cottage businesses from the ground floor - many decisions were to be made - from pricing, business cards, signs, staging and more.  We knew when we put ourselves out there we needed to make a good impression.  Our first sale, well, it didn't go too smoothly, however we learned a lot! That story is here.
Even though this craft sale was like cramming for a final, I think we did a wonderful job. *high five to Cindi*
We went Friday night to set up our tables with linens, put up our "fence" displays and made notes to bring other things we were going to need.

We were set up in the Veterans Memorial Building in our little town of Fortuna.  This is a broad view of our area.  We had 2 tables with an area to walk in, like a booth.

We were located by the entrance and this was one of our tables, which we sat behind - Cindi crocheted a scarf and I worked on our snakesssssss. Behind us on the walls we have some of our products on display - pennants, tutus, wreaths,  and our Fairy Wands.  On the table were Book Purses,  a parliament of owls and our newest product  "a little saying".

This was the walk-in booth area.  On our two-tiered table were more owls, cats, snakes, scarves and snowmen to keep everyone cool. The "fence" displays are against the walls.

This dispaly was closest to us and on it we had the tutus and beautiful autumn pennant banners.

This was the other "fence" display located in the corner and on which were purses and butterfly button fairies.

We felt we did had excellent improvement from our last event, however the people were not coming in and those that were coming in were not really buying anything.  This is something that has us scratching our heads and wondering "How come?".  We have many guesses... Is it our area?  Is it the economy? Was it because the craft show wasn't sponsored by a group or organization? 
In the end we did barter with other vendors and that was fun in itself. 
We are not giving up though - we are scheduled to be at 3 more craft shows and one will take us out of our area.  That will give us a chance to compare and see what is going on.
This Sauturday we will be at the Simpson College in Redding, CA
Then we will be at the Runeberg Lodge in Eureka, Ca for the three days following Turkey Day.  On December 3 we will be at a school-sponsored craft show at Freshwater Elementary School, Eureka.
I have considered this last weekend's show to be a dress rehearsal, which has made us even more ready for these future events.  Next time hopfully we won't have any "butterflies" in our tummies and we can "break a leg"! 


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